Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has rebadged its healthcare assistants as part of a new nursing strategy that outlines the importance of compassionate care.
Nurses from across the trust gathered to officially launch the strategy on Tuesday, to mark International Nurses’ Day.
The trust said the strategy put a renewed focus on patients being at the heart of everything nurses do, high quality care and support available to help nurses develop.
It is centred on the trust’s five core values of “respect”, “everyone’s contribution counts”, “responsibility and accountability”, “patients first” and “safe and high quality care”.
The strategy also recognises the key role that HCAs play in delivering high quality patient care by renaming them “nursing assistants”, said the trust.
“We are publicly acknowledging the valuable role HCAs play in helping us deliver high quality care”
The move chimes with views recently aired by politicians in favour of introducing a senior HCA role, which has also been likened to the old state enrolled nurse job.
Rosemary Stephenson, director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It is immensity important for us to recognise the contribution of each and every member of our teams and by changing the name of our healthcare assistants to nursing assistants, we are publicly acknowledging the valuable role they play in helping us deliver high quality care to our patients.”
Mary Younger, who has worked as an HCA with the trust for seven-and-a-half years, said: “The role of healthcare assistant has developed over the years and we are a key part of the nursing team.
“I am delighted that our enhanced role is being publicly recognised by this change of name and look forward to continuing to develop my skills further,” she said.
The new role of nursing assistants comes after the trust launched its own bespoke training programme and “care certificate”.
Northumbria Healthcare is one of the largest trusts in the country with more than 5,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors caring for patients in hospitals and in the community across.